“But the casting coup here is Benedict Cumberbatch, who exudes steely resolve and silken savagery as a villain on the cusp of becoming a legendary nemesis. Familiar to fans of another reboot — “Sherlock” — as well as tony historical productions such as “War Horse” and “Atonement,” here Cumberbatch claims a deserved place front and center in a big, brash popcorn movie. As gratifying as it is to watch Kirk, Spock and their colleagues develop the camaraderie that would so optimistically anticipate a multicultural world, “Star Trek Into Darkness” derives its ballast, and most of its menacing pleasure, from Cumberbatch, who takes tantalizing ownership of a role with near-limitless future prospects for evil mayhem.”
(Source: Washington Post)
“It’s British star Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) – with his exotic looks, deep voice and calm, expressionless, yet demanding demeanor – who steals the show, delivering an icily cunning, convincing, electrifying performance.”
Zoe Saldana: “When we were training together and when we were talking … I mean he’s so sweet and he’s so English and soft-spoken and then… cut to, you know, you attend one of the shoots and the scenes that we do have together… and he’s… frightening! He’s in costume, the hair, the guns, he’s already applied, like, he already knows all of his choreography, and JJ just says ‘Action’… and this BEAST of a man comes out… and you just feel so happy with relief, you think: “Oh my God, we have like a hot, awesome, talented villain…”
Zachary Quinto: “It’s been so great to get to know him personally, because as talented as he is and as a phenomenon as he’s becoming he’s also so grounded and funny and smart and generous and great to work with… but, yes, his work in this movie really raises the bar…”
JJ Abrams: “You know, Benedict was someone I hadn’t seen before, and Damon said “Watch Sherlock”, which I did, and it was…. over… I mean, I saw him, I couldn’t believe how talented he was… As evil and scary as he is in the movie, he is that lovely and funny and hard working to collaborate with… “
Simon Pegg in some interview:
“Speaking of sneaky: Benedict Cumberbatch’s character is really creepy. How do you deal with bad guys like him in real life?
You come across people like that on a Saturday night, drunk and in the mood for a fight. You can see that longing for violence.
Have you ever picked up on it?
I tend not to go out. But it’s a testament to Benedict’s acting in that he’s possibly one of the sweetest people. I did see him get carb rage once. He was working out for a shower scene that didn’t end up in the movie — a lot of girls will be disappointed — and he’d had no carbohydrates for two days. That’s as close as he gets to showing any kind of madness.”
Oh Gaaaaaawd……… JJ, I will kill you!!!